Art events and exhibitions to go to with the cancellation of Art Stage

Jaws dropped when news broke last week that Art Stage Singapore, deemed one of the country’s major art events, was cancelled this year due to “commercial reasons”, just over a week before its Jan 25 opening. The event was slated to run until Jan 27 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, and included 45 exhibitors where 15 of them are from Singapore.

Art Stage Singapore president Lorenzo Rudolf later cited “weak local market” and “unequal competition” as reasons to why the annual event, which once counted China’s Ai Weiwei and Japan’s Takashi Murakami as exhibitors, was abruptly canned.

If you had been looking forward to the art fair and got your tickets ready (don’t worry, you will get refunded), don’t fret. Here are 12 other art events and exhibitions that are happening around the island, which you can go to to fulfil your artistic inclinations.

1. The ARTery Pop-Up by Art Outreach, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre — Now to Jan 27

Featuring at least 14 exhibitors that were slated to show at Art Stage Singapore, the ARTery showcase is hosted by non-profit organisation Art Outreach at Hall A of Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. You can expect artworks including metal sculptures from Indonesian sculptor Nyoman Nuarta, Banksy’s 2003 original Bomb Love and this painting by Rodel Tapaya. Admission is free and you can get more information from their Facebook page.

Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre is located at 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971.

Photo: Facebook/Tang Contemporary Art